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British navy starts new deployment to Caribbean

December 19, 2014
British navy starts new deployment to Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- British warship HMS Severn is visiting Bridgetown, Barbados this week at the beginning of her deployment to the Caribbean. The UK-based offshore patrol vessel has deployed to the region, recently taking over from HMS Argyll, in order provide to reassurance in the region...

Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

100th ACP Group Council session marks milestone outcomes

December 15, 2014
100th ACP Group Council session marks milestone outcomes BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACP) -- The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group met for its 100th sitting from 9 – 12 December in Brussels, Belgium. Amongst several significant decisions taken, the Council appointed a new secretary general to head the organisation from 2015-2020.

US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund

December 13, 2014
US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved US$10 million from the Special Development Fund for the eightth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8). This decision was made at the 264th meeting of the Board, held on Thursday in Barbados.

IDB to launch new open data portal on development in the Caribbean

December 12, 2014
IDB to launch new open data portal on development in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will launch in the first quarter of 2015 Numbers for Development, a free and open data portal focused on Latin American and Caribbean development indicators. The new portal will allow users to access and utilize a wealth of IDB data.

Caribbean needs final push to achieve world food summit goal

December 12, 2014
Caribbean needs final push to achieve world food summit goal ROME, Italy -- Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional...

EarthTalk: Getting kids into environmental activism

December 11, 2014
EarthTalk: Getting kids into environmental activism There’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly. And most schools today...

UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London

December 10, 2014
UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London LONDON, England -- The political leaders and representatives of the United Kingdom and the Overseas Territories met as the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 2 and 3 December. The newly elected leader of the government of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo...

Message for Human Rights Day from UN Secretary-General

December 10, 2014
Message for Human Rights Day from UN Secretary-General On Human Rights Day we speak out. We denounce authorities who deny the rights of any person or group. We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation. This is a matter of individual justice...

Critical matters on the agenda for 100th ACP council meeting

December 9, 2014
Critical matters on the agenda for 100th ACP council meeting BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACP) -- The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group will devote its landmark 100th session to tackling major issues for the organisation, including its future perspectives as an international coalition. The meeting, scheduled for 9 – 12 December...

CEP: The programme that 'can'

December 6, 2014
CEP: The programme that 'can' KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In 1983 at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, the nations of the wider Caribbean region (WCR) adopted the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the WCR, also known as the Cartagena Convention. This was in response to growing...

Navigating Island Parenting: But those children didn't want for anything!

December 6, 2014
Navigating Island Parenting: But those children didn't want for anything! Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “But those children didn’t want for anything!”

Three regional nominees for ACP secretary general post

December 2, 2014
Three regional nominees for ACP secretary general post BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACP) -- Nominees from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states of Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are contesting the post of secretary general of the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group). The new secretary general will be appointed...

Caribbean drug busts result in seizure of $35 million of cocaine

December 1, 2014
Caribbean drug busts result in seizure of $35 million of cocaine KEY WEST, USA -- The crew of British navy frigate HMS Argyll offloaded 840 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $27.9 million at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida, on Saturday, and an additional 216 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $7.1 million...

Different areas have largely different approach to regulating online gambling

December 1, 2014
Different areas have largely different approach to regulating online gambling VANCOUVER, Canada -- People are going to find ways to gamble no matter what kind of laws are put into place. This has been proven over and over again throughout history, but sometimes it can seem like politicians are the only ones not paying attention. If you look at the differences between the...

FAO invests in developing Caribbean cassava industry

November 26, 2014
FAO invests in developing Caribbean cassava industry PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Addressing agricultural revitalization and the high food import bill are two of the major challenges facing the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Over the past ten years, the food import bill has doubled to almost US$4 billion, with 11% being spent on...

Experts develop new regional management and conservation measures for queen conch

November 25, 2014
Experts develop new regional management and conservation measures for queen conch PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Some 50 experts and national authorities of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) representing 23 governments and international and national organizations met in Panama City, from 18 to 20 November 2014.

New York event celebrates cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa

November 24, 2014
New York event celebrates cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa NEW YORK, USA -- This year, the Black Culinary Alliance (BCA) global cultural awareness salute and black tie gala was held in New York on Friday night under the theme “Crossing Cultures: Jamaica and South Africa”. The event was held in support of the food cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa.

Caribbean countries urged to vote for UN death penalty moratorium

November 20, 2014
Caribbean countries urged to vote for UN death penalty moratorium TACARIGUA, Trinidad -- In New York on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will cast an initial vote, in committee, on a draft resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. The Greater Caribbean for Life, an organisation that is working towards the abolition of...

Caribbean called on to embrace alternative energy

November 20, 2014
Caribbean called on to embrace alternative energy BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean needs to embrace a transition to 100 percent adoption of renewable energy as if its very life depends on it. This was the general view from a panel discussion on alternative energy that formed part of the programme last Wednesday of Caribbean Exporters’...

Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020

November 19, 2014
Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020 LONDON, England -- Hugh Walker (head of DFID Caribbean) has signed a joint letter of intent with St Vincent and the Grenadines on behalf of Desmond Swayne, Britain’s minister for international development. Walker said, "The United Kingdom is committed to the long-term development of the Caribbean."

First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey

November 15, 2014
First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Under the theme “Building Our Traditions and Our Future,” the Office of the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) is hosting the First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit in Istanbul, which began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.

Russia to restart air patrols over the Caribbean

November 14, 2014
Russia to restart air patrols over the Caribbean MOSCOW, Russia -- Russia said on Wednesday that its air force will recommence regular air patrols over the Caribbean, after winding down such long-range missions at the end of the Cold War, the BBC reported. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said, "Under the prevailing circumstances we need to ensure...

A day to remember Caribbean buried treasure

November 13, 2014
A day to remember Caribbean buried treasure KITTY HAWK, USA -- Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850. It was on November 13, 1750, that a fabulous treasure was buried on a deserted island in the Caribbean and it's no coincidence that this true pirate tale would inspire Stevenson when he wrote his immortal classic, Treasure Island.

New York event celebrates the food cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa

November 10, 2014
New York event celebrates the food cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa NEW YORK, USA -- In the tradition of celebrating food cultural diversity, the theme for the annual BCAGlobal Cultural Awareness Salute and Black Tie Gala will be “Crossing Cultures-Jamaica and South Africa.” The event on Friday, November 21, 2014, at the Crown Plaza Times Square, will focus on...

US rejects queen conch petition

November 5, 2014
US rejects queen conch petition BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has congratulated member states after a US government review of the status of the queen conch keeps the region’s conch fishery alive. The review follows a petition to have the queen conch listed as threatened or endangered.

Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 29

November 4, 2014
Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 29 ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer, an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, is announcing a submission call for its 29th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective.

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